The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2007 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
TOURISM, ARTS, PARKS ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS

2016 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as the US Applicant City for the upcoming international competition to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games;

WHEREAS, the United States is anxious to serve the Olympic Movement by embracing and celebrating the Olympic Games;

WHEREAS, the Olympic and Paralympics Games represent the best of the human spirit and Chicago 2016 and the United States Olympic Committee are committed to bringing the 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games to America for the benefit of all and to inspire harmony locally, nationally and globally;

WHEREAS, Chicago and other cities in the United States already hold a place in the international community as a city of immigrants from around the world eager to be ambassadors to visiting Olympic athletes;

WHEREAS, hosting the Games in the heartland of the country will provide a great opportunity to enhance the development of Olympic Sport in the Midwest and across the nation;

WHEREAS, Chicago, one of the finest cities in the United States, is a world-class city with remarkable diversity, culture, history and people;

WHEREAS, the organization of the 2016 games would be centered around the athlete, placing the vast majority of them within a fifteen minute drive of their competition venues;

WHEREAS, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago would provide a spectacular experience for all, celebrating the Games in the center of the city, along its Lakeshore and in its parks, with its cultural and leisure activities virtually steps away, and in the midst of millions of sport-passionate people who will create an energetic spirit inside and outside of the venues;

WHEREAS, Chicago is one of the transportation hubs of the world and can provide accessible transportation to international visitors through extensive rail, transit, and motorways infrastructure, combined with the world-class O'Hare and Midway International airports;

WHEREAS, Chicago 2016 and the United States Olympic Committee encourages federal outreach to the Executive Branch and Congress to ensure the full participation of the United States government in Chicago's pursuit to win the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games ;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages the United States government and the American people to support Chicago as it competes for the privilege to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and that the assistance of all United States Mayors be called upon by the USCM to enhance Chicago's efforts.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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